New Moon Alpacas is four miles northeast of the downtown center of Elma, Washington. Elma is a rural community approximately 30 miles west of Olympia, the state capital of Washington.
The ranch is nearly a perfect square, surrounded on all sides by tall evergreen trees. The property is nearly 10 acres of flat, well drained pasture. The house sites in the center. The two story barn, with hay loft, is to the right of the house.
Surrounding the house are green pastures. With half the property cross-fenced by the end of 2010, New Moon Alpacas has seven distinct pastures. Each pasture has its own alpaca shelter, with underground water, no freeze hydrant, and electrical power. Four of those pastures are designated for dams and crias, with three pastures for herdsires and young males.
New Moon Alpacas has plenty of space available if you need to agist your alpacas.
Our breeding program focuses on producing top quality, healthy, sturdy, and finely fleeced alpacas. Our fiber goals are keeping less than five standard deviation (SD) and coefficient of variation (CV) less than 19 on our cria's fleeces. Each year we test all animals, keeping only animals who are both holding and producing consistent quality over time, we are looking for animals who maintain quality with only a small decline through their eighth year.
In our Suris, we are breeding for overall architecture, fineness, luster, lock structure, and density, as well as strong conformation in a gentle, easily handled, tractable animal. We look more for the quality of the alpaca than the country of origin.
We breed the best animals we can find to the best animals we can find that compliment them. So we offer a very broad range of genetics available at our farm, including for Huacayas:
* Hemingway, Snowmass, Karrington, and Avatar
For Suris, we offer the following lines:
* McGyver, Bruxo, Uribe, Peruvian Aldo, Lumino, and High Interest
We offer a myriad variety of other notable genetic lines, both Huacaya and Suri.
Many visitors have commented about our friendly alpacas not moving away from them at shows. We use nuts - typically pecans - when training a cria or to reinforce behavior. Each alpaca comes when called by name to receive their tasty treat.